I’ve been a big David Crowder fan for a long time now, so when I heard they had a new CD coming out, I was pretty excited. To be honest, I really didn’t like their last CD “Remedy”. It had a few good songs on it but overall, I was kind of disappointed. But, I just got their new CD “Church Music” and I was blown away! This is one of those albums where every single song is good. Anyway, just wanted to recommend it.
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Sweet, my company just bought NBC! I’m not exactly sure if and how this will affect myself as an employee but it’s kind of cool to be working for a company that buys NBC! It’s also reassuring to be employed with someone that’s able to shell out $13.5 billion in the middle of a recession. This shows that people can do without food, electricity and other basic necessities of life but PLEASE don’t take away their cable!!! Oh well, I’m not complaining. I’m just hoping I get some good discounts from this deal!
I just saw this satellite image from the Obama inaugaration and it blew me away. I’ve heard of God having a “heavenly perspective” but this picture really brings it home. It reminds me of Psalms 8 when David cries out “When I look at the night sky and see the works of your fingers–the moon and the stars that you set into place–what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” Think about it…when was the last time you thought about the welfare of ants? When was the last time you bent down and scooped up an ant and fed him…gave him shelter…inquired about his day? If you’re like me, you have never done that because that would be crazy! But, it astounds me that our God is crazy enough to feed me, provide for me, listen to my selfish prayers, heal my frail body and send His only son to die for me. An ant!
I’ve come to the conclusion that you don’t truly know what “fear” is until you try to plant a church! This is especially true when you’re attempting to plant a church from scratch with no people, no money and just a whole lot of hope that you’re doing the right thing. I’ve never really struggled with fear before in my life. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not some Superman or something that rushed into dangerous situations without considering the consequences. I have always just had a sense of confidence that I was competent enough to get the job done and everything will turn out fine in the end. Well, church planting is a WHOLE OTHER ANIMAL!
Planting a life giving church has nothing to do with my competence or my gifts or my talents…it really has nothing to do with me at all! And I’m cool with this because the last thing I want to do is start some ‘cult of personality’ church that is centered around any one person, especially me. Through this humbling process, I’m finding that I’m doing a lot less talking and a lot more listening…listening to Paige, listening to our community, listening to people that have wisdom and especially trying to listen to the still small voice of God. But you know what? When you’re really, really trying to hear from God, that still small voice can be really, really annoying! There are times when I NEED to hear from God and I don’t need a whisper or a pull in my spirit…I need a big, fat billboard saying “HEY TROY, GO THIS WAY!!”
And I guess that’s where the fear comes in. We are just at the beginning of this process but I find myself waking up in the middle of the night thinking thoughts like “where in the world are we going to get this core group” or “how am I going to communicate the vision that God has given me” or “what if I fail?” But I guess this is part of the refinement that comes with being a church planter. Sometimes I just wish that God could just download the service pack and skip the whole fear, doubt and trust that forces us to grow…but what fun would that be?!
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — A Wal-Mart shopper who became so angry about a crying child that he allegedly slapped the girl in the face is due in court Wednesday. Investigators said the incident happened Monday at the Stone Mountain store on Rockbridge Road.
A police report said the man, Roger Stephens, 61, of Stone Mountain, had warned the child’s mother, Sonya Mathews, that if she didn’t quiet down the child, he would do it for her. According to the report, after the mother failed to quiet the girl, Stephens came up to them and slapped the child several times in the face.
The report then quotes Stephens as saying, “See, I told you I would shut her up.”
Mathews then screamed at Stephens and called for security, the report said. Stephens was stopped by another shopper, according to the report. The girl, identified in the report as Paige Mathews, 2, was not injured, but did suffer some redness in the face. She was treated at the scene and released, the report said. Stephens was charged with cruelty with children in the first degree, which is a felony.
Great post by David Fitch about a new way to do evangelism
Bill Easum talking about one of my biggest pet peeves in church
Dan Bryan reading my mail about starting something from nothing
Brad Boyston gives us 10 reasons why the church planting movement in America is in trouble